LSU has a gauntlet of a schedule for 2010.
They begin the season with a grueling stretch of games beginning with North Carolina and ending with Auburn.
With a very young LSU team this year, injuries will likely be an issue during this stretch.
There are several trap games on the schedule. The first will be West Virginia, the fourth game of the season.
There are six teams on the schedule that are likely to be ranked when LSU plays them. These teams include North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas.
Added to the difficulty of the ranked opponents are three rivalry games with teams that will play LSU very hard and could upset them. These teams include Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
The most significant games in order of importance are:
September 4 against North Carolina in Atlanta
This game will give the entire nation a look at the 2010 Tigers. Fans will see if the offense has improved and defense reloaded. A loss in this game would likely indicate a long season.
October 23 against Auburn in Auburn
If the Bengal Tigers were to lose the Tiger Bowl this year, their hopes for any chance at the SEC western division title would likely end.
November 6 against Alabama in Baton Rouge
This game is significant for both teams; the loser of this game will not likely win the western division and earn a trip to the SEC Championship game.
October 9 against Florida in Gainesville
While a loss in this game can be recovered from, a win will give some margin of error in the quest for the west.
November 27 against Arkansas in Little Rock
A loss in this game could cause a stumble if LSU should be in contention for the west at this point.
The official LSU football schedule for 2010 , courtesy of the LSU official athletic site.
Sat, Sep 04
Sat, Sep 11
Sat, Sep 18
Sat, Sep 25
Sat, Oct 02
Sat, Oct 09
Sat, Oct 16
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Sat, Oct 23
Sat, Nov 06
Sat, Nov 13
Sat, Nov 20
Sat, Nov 27
Sat, Dec 04